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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

 

To:                                             Higher Education Committee
 
From:                                        Joseph P. Frey
 

Subject:                                        Program Completer Performance on New York State                                                                             Teacher Certification Examinations

Date:                                         July 6, 2010    
 
Authorizations:                        

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Issue for Information

How did program completers perform on New York State Teacher Certification Examinations from 2004-2009? 

 

Reason(s) for Consideration

 

Pass-rate data for the State teacher certification examinations is used to meet accountability requirements under Part 52.21(2)(iv) of the Commissioner's Regulations and federal law (Title II, Higher Education Opportunity Act).

Proposed Handling

For information.

Background Information

To qualify for an initial teaching certificate in New York State, candidates must pass the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST) in the content area of the certification being sought.  Institutions must maintain an 80 percent pass rate for all program completers on all examinations required for the certification titles to which their registered programs lead. If an institution is identified as having a pass rate of less than 80 percent on any of the examinations, it would be required to submit a corrective action plan to the Department for review and approval. Both the State Education Department and the U.S. Department of Education use these test results as one measure to help ensure high standards of quality in teacher preparation programs.  Examination results are used in the following ways to identify institutions:

 

 

 

              2008-2009 Test Data

              Program Completer Information

              In 2008-2009, the total number of program completers for New York (114 teacher education institutions) was 23,327. Twenty (20) institutions prepare approximately 50 percent of the State’s program completers. The top three institutions are Touro College – Manhattan Campus (n = 964), CUNY Queens College (n = 928), and SUC Cortland (n = 725).  Refer to Table 1 for a list of the top 20 institutions based on the number of program completers. 

              Low Performing Programs at Institutions 

              Based on 2008-2009 LAST, ATS-W, and/or single- or multi-year CST examination results, the programs at the following institutions are identified as low performing (see Table 2) and will be required to submit corrective action plans for the Department's review and approval: CUNY Brooklyn College; D’Youville College, Le Moyne College, and Touro College – Manhattan Campus.

              Trend Data

              Number of Program Completers

              The statewide number of program completers increased 12 percent from 20,839 in 2004 to 23,327 in 2009 (see Table 3). Twenty (20) institutions (5 SUNY, 3 CUNY, and 12 Independent) had more than 500 program completers in one or more of the five-year period. Among them, SUC Cortland had over 1,000 program completers for three of the five years and Touro College – Manhattan Campus had over 1,000 program completers for two of the five years.

 

              LAST Pass Rate

              From 2004-2009, the statewide pass rate on the LAST was 99 percent for each of the five years. Approximately three quarters of the institutions had a pass rate of 100 percent or 99 percent (see Table 4). In the past five years, only one institution did not maintain a pass rate of 80 percent on the LAST (CUNY NYC College of Technology had a pass rate of 69 percent in 2004-2005). Please note that institution self-report data from 2006-2009 indicates that 29 institutions require candidates to pass the LAST for admission or program completion.  

              ATS-W Pass Rate

              The pattern of the ATS-W results is similar to that of the LAST. From 2004-2009, the statewide pass rate on the ATS-W was 99 percent or higher for each of the five years (see Table 5). Approximately 85 percent of the institutions had a pass rate of 100 percent or 99 percent for 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. The percentage of institutions with a pass rate of at least 99 percent increased to approximately 95 percent of the total number of institutions for the following three years. In the past five years, only one institution did not maintain a pass rate of 80 percent on the ATS-W (CUNY NYC College of Technology with a pass rate of 76 percent in 2004-2005). Please note that institution self-report data from 2006-2009 indicates that at least 16 institutions require candidates to pass the ATS-W for admission or program completion, therefore, ensuring a pass rate of 100 percent for this test.  

              CST Pass Rate 

              The statewide pass rates for the CSTs from 2004-2009 are presented in Table 6. As can be seen from the table, statewide pass rates of the following CSTs were at least 95 percent for each of the five years: Family and Consumer Science, Education Technology Specialist, Literacy, Biology, Physics, Theatre, Math, Chemistry, Health Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and Multi-subject. In these five years, statewide pass rates of the following CSTs were below 90 percent for at least one year: Students with Disabilities, Italian, Library Media Specialist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French, Dance, and Gifted Education. 

              Statewide pass rates of the following CSTs were below 80 percent for at least one of the five years: Italian, French, Dance, and Gifted Education. The pass rate on the Italian CST was 74 percent in 2007-2008; the Dance CST 76 percent in 2007-2008; and the Gifted Education CST 78 percent in 2008-2009. The pass rate on the French CST was below 80 percent for two years, 76 percent in 2007-2008 and 77 percent in 2008-2009.           

              Number of CST Test Takers             

              Presented in Table 7 is the trend data on the number of CST test takers. As can be seen from the table, when compared to 2004, the number of test takers increased in 2009 for all certification areas. The greatest percentage increase in the number of test takers were in the following certification areas: Educational Technology Specialist (188 percent), Library Media Specialist (85 percent), Teaching Students with Disabilities (75 percent), Technology Education (71 percent), Language other than English (56 percent), and Teaching English as a Second Language (53 percent). The number of STEM fields CSTs test takers increased 23 percent from 2004-2009.                       

              Low Performing Programs at Institutions

              From 2004-2009, programs at nineteen (19) institutions (3 CUNY and 16 Independent) were identified as low performing  based on program completer’s performance on the LAST, ATS-W, and CST (see Table 8). Among these 19 institutions, the following institutions were on the list for multiple years for having pass rates that were below 80 percent on the same CST: CUNY Queens College, Boricua College, Mercy College – Bronx Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology, Touro College – Flatbush, Touro College – Manhattan Campus, and Wagner College.

              Data for Individuals Seeking Certification through Transcript Evaluation 

              The number of individuals seeking certification through transcript evaluation declined 50 percent from 6,590 in 2004 to 3,343 in 2009 (see Table 9). The pass rates on the ATS-W and the LAST were 94 percent or higher for each of the fives years. The CSTs in the following certification areas were 90 percent or above for each of the five years when there were at least 10 test takers: Mandarin, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Educational Technology Specialist, Family and Consumer Science, Spanish, Literacy, and Biology. Pass rates of the following CSTs were below 80 percent for at least one of the five years: Physics, Technology Education, Students with Disabilities, and Dance.           

Recommendation

N/A


             

Table 1. Top 20 Institutions by Number of Program Completers (2008-2009)

Name of Institution

Number of Program Completers

(Statewide N = 23,327)

State University of New York (SUNY) Institutions (5 out of 17)

SUC Cortland

725

SUC Buffalo

617

SUC Oswego

551

SUC Potsdam

499

SUC New Paltz

497

Sub-total

2,889

The City University of New York (CUNY)  Institutions (2 out of 9)

CUNY Queens College

928

CUNY Brooklyn College

484

Sub-total

1,412

Independent Institutions (13 out of 88)

Touro College – Manhattan

964

Touro College – Flatbush

647

Teachers College Columbia University

630

Pace University – NYC

619

Medaille College

613

L.I.U. – C.W. Post

607

Dowling College

575

New York University - Main

561

D'Youville College

542

Canisius College

524

Hofstra University – Main

513

College of St. Rose

509

Adelphi University

479

Sub-total

7,783

Top 20 Institution Total

12,084 (52%)


Table 2. 2008-2009 Low Performing Programs at Institutions

Institution

Test with < 80% Pass Rate

Note

Test

No. Tested

Pass Rate

CUNY Brooklyn College

English CST

38

79%

-

CUNY Brooklyn College

Stu w/Disab CST

40

73%

-

D’Youville College

French CST

30

73%*

  • 2008-2009 test results: 12 took the test, 8 passed with a pass rate of 67%.
  • 2007-2008 test results: 18 took the test, 14 passed with a pass rate of 78%.

Le Moyne College

Social Studies

46

72%*

  • 2008-2009 test results: 27 took the test, 20 passed with a pass rate of 74%.
  • 2007-2008 test results: 19 took the test, 13 passed with a pass rate of 68%.

Touro College – Manhattan

Stu w/Dis CST

581

77%

-

Note*: Combined pass rate for 2006-2007, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009. The Department uses CST data to determine whether an institution satisfies the 80 percent pass rate only when the institution has 30 or more scores on a given CST.  Data from up to the three most recent years is accumulated to reach a total of at least 30 scores.

               


Table 3. Institutions with More than 500 Program Completers in a Given Year

Institution  

 Number of Program Completers 

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

SUNY Institutions (n = 5)

SUC Cortland

1,089

1,159

1,090

827

725

SUC Buffalo

354

877

629

813

617

SUC Oswego

612

653

629

525

551

SUC Potsdam

614

580

545

525

499

SUC New Paltz

549

568

509

591

497

CUNY Institutions  (n = 3)

CUNY Queens College

604

497

428

816

928

CUNY Brooklyn College

227

364

503

480

484

CUNY Lehman College

478

397

530

536

424

Independent Institutions (n = 12)

Touro College – Manhattan

913

973

1,022

1,112

964

Touro College – Flatbush

0

351

429

385

647

Teachers College Columbia University

539

686

665

607

630

Pace University – NYC

431

460

771

749

619

Medaille College

132

345

685

719

613

L.I.U. – C.W. Post

520

641

697

622

607

Dowling College

185

458

528

723

575

New York University – Main

518

562

590

522

561

D'Youville College

612

729

695

609

542

Canisius College

419

518

373

595

524

Hofstra University – Main

589

636

631

568

513

College of St. Rose

477

713

707

725

509

Statewide Number of  Program Completers

20,839

24,300

24,904

24,603

23,327


Table 4. LAST Pass Rate Data       

Pass Rate Range

*Number of Institutions

2004-2005           (n = 100)

2005-2006           (n = 100)

2006-2007           (n = 101)

2007-2008           (n = 106)

2008-2009           (n = 101)

100%

41

47

531

541

551

99%

29

28

23

25

17

98%

14

12

5

11

16

95%-97%

10

8

8

11

7

90%-94%

4

5

10

4

6

80%-89%

1

0

2

1

0

Below 80%

1

0

0

0

0

Statewide Pass Rate

99%

99%

99%

99%

99%

Note*: Only institutions with 10 or greater than 10 test takers are included in the analysis. 

Note1: Twenty–nine (29) institutions require candidates to pass the LAST for admission or program completion for 2006-2009.  

 

 

Table 5. ATS-W Pass Rate Data

Pass Rate

Number of Institutions

2004-2005           (n = 101)    

2005-2006           (n = 106)

2006-2007           (n = 106)

2007-2008           (n = 104)

2008-2009           (n = 106)

100%

63

73

841

852

833

99%

22

15

10

11

13

98%

5

6

5

3

-

95%-97%

6

7

5

4

7

90%-94%

4

4

2

1

2

80%-89%

-

1

-

-

1

Below 80%

1

-

-

-

-

Statewide Pass Rate

99%

99%

99%

100%

100%

Note*: Only institutions with 10 or greater than 10 test takers are included in the analysis. 

Note1: In 2006-2007, sixteen (16) institutions require candidates to pass the ATS-W for admission or program completion.

Note2: In 2007-2008, seventeen (17) institutions require candidates to pass the ATS-W for admission or program completion.

Note3: In 2008-2009, twenty (20) institutions require candidates to pass the ATS-W for admission or program completion.


Table 6. Statewide CST Pass Rate

CST*

Pass Rate

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-20071

2007-20082

2008-20093

Family and Consumer Science

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

Educational Technology Specialist

100%

100%

98%

97%

98%

Literacy

99%

98%

99%

99%

98%

Biology

98%

99%

99%

99%

99%

Physics

98%

100%

98%

100%

98%

Theatre

97%

97%

100%

98%

100%

Math

97%

98%

97%

98%

99%

Chemistry

97%

98%

98%

96%

98%

Health Education

97%

96%

99%

99%

95%

Teach English as Second Language

96%

98%

99%

99%

99%

Multi-Subject

95%

95%

95%

95%

95%

Bilingual Education Spanish

-

-

100%

100%

98%

Blind and Visually Impaired

-

-

100%

-

-

Technology Education

95%

100%

92%

99%

99%

Earth Science

93%

97%

98%

98%

98%

Music

93%

95%

96%

97%

95%

Visual Arts

93%

93%

94%

93%

95%

English

93%

94%

96%

95%

93%

Business and Marketing

93%

95%

93%

92%

91%

Spanish

92%

92%

93%

93%

94%

Physical Education

91%

94%

92%

90%

92%

Social Studies

91%

92%

90%

91%

91%

Students with Disabilities

88%

90%

90%

91%

92%

Library Media Specialist

87%

95%

93%

89%

88%

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

84%

81%

85%

94%

89%

Italian

87%

84%

90%

74%

89%

French

81%

83%

86%

76%

77%

Dance

-

100%

83%

76%

88%

Gifted Education 

-

-

-

86%

78%

 Note*: Only CSTs with at least 10 test takers are included in the analysis.

 Note1: In 2006-2007, fourteen (14) institutions require candidates to pass the CST for admission or program completion.

 Note2: In 2007-2008, twenty (20) institutions require candidates to pass the CST for admission or program completion.

 Note3: In 2008-2009, nineteen (19) institutions require candidates to pass the CST for admission or program completion.


Table 7. Number of CST Test Takers

CST*

Number of Test Takers

Increase from      2004-2009

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

Early Childhood/Childhood/Middle Childhood Generalist 

    Multi-Subject

9,168

11,413

11,603

11,654

10,871

19%

Core Subject Areas

    STEM

1,689

2,065

2,018

2,064

2,083

23%

         Math

930

1266

1209

1262

1206

         Biology

507

492

537

538

549

         Chemistry

89

109

114

84

140

         Earth Science

111

136

112

121

133

         Physics

52

62

46

59

55

English

1,307

1,501

1,467

1,511

1,313

5%

Social Studies

1,368

1,528

1,552

1,421

1,468

7%

Language Other than English

261

319

379

402

407

56%

        French

59

70

78

79

62

        Italian

31

19

31

31

27

        Spanish

171

230

270

292

318

Educating All Students

    Bilingual Education Spanish      

-

-

92

121

82

-

English as a Second  Language

344

318

418

517

528

53%

    Students with Disabilities 

2,969

4,269

4,730

5,032

5,193

75%

    Blind and Visually Impaired

-

-

10

-

-

-

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing

44

42

48

47

45

2%

    Gifted Education  

-

-

-

21

27

-

Special Subjects

    Business and Marketing

84

125

89

112

102

21%

    Dance

-

16

23

17

17

-

    Family and Consumer Science

34

17

25

27

43

26%

    Health Education 

136

181

175

163

186

37%

    Music

297

382

400

423

419

41%

    Physical Education

625

700

727

749

765

22%

Technology Education

65

114

38

95

111

71%

    Theatre

39

36

27

45

42

8%

    Visual Arts

420

461

431

385

430

2%

Educational Specialists

    Educational Technology Specialist

17

26

56

36

49

188%

Library Media Specialist

46

78

83

150

85

85%

    Literacy

1,171

1,512

1,719

1,535

1,367

17%

Note*: Only CSTs with at least 10 test takers are included in the analysis.


Table 8. Low Performing Programs at Institutions (2004-2009)

Institution

Test with < 80% Pass Rate

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

CUNY Institutions

CUNY Brooklyn College

Phys. Ed.  CST

   

   

Physical Ed CST

     

 

Social Studies CST

     

 

English CST

       

Stu w/Dis CST

       

CUNY NYC College of Technology

ATS-W

       

LAST

       

CUNY Queens College      

English CST

     

Independent Institutions  

Boricua College

Multi-subject CST

 

   

Canisius College

Social Studies CST

       

D’Youville College

French CST

       

Daemen College

Social Studies CST

 

     

Five Towns College

Multi-subject CST

       

Le Moyne College

Social Studies CST

       

Mercy College – Yorktown Heights

 Stu w/Dis CST

   

   

Mercy College – Bronx

Multi-subject CST

     

Stu w/Dis CST

 

     

Mount St. Mary College

Social Studies CST

 

     

Rochester Institute of Technology

Deaf and Hard of Hearing CST

 

   

St. John University – Main

Social Studies CST

   

   

St. Joseph’s College – Main

Stu w/Dis CST

   

   

SUC Fredonia     

Social Studies CST

       

Touro College (Main and Flatbush)

Stu w/Dis CST

       

Touro College – Flatbush

Stu w/Dis CST

 

 

 

Touro College – Manhattan

Stu w/Dis CST

 

 

Wagner College  

Stu w/Dis  CST

   

 

 


Table 9. Pass Rate Data for Individuals Seeking Certification through Transcript Evaluation 

Test*

Pass Rate

2004-2005

(N = 6,590)

2005-2006

N = 4,804)

2006-2007

(N = 5,095)

2007-2008

(N = 3,589)

2008-2009

(N = 3,343)

    ATS-W

98%

97%

96%

96%

97%

    LAST

97%

94%

94%

95%

94%

CSTs

    Mandarin

-

-

100%

100%

-

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing

100%

-

-

-

-

    Educational Technology Specialist

97%

100%

100%

100%

100%

    Family and Consumer Science

100%

100%

95%

93%

100%

    Spanish

96%

98%

97%

95%

98%

    Literacy

96%

100%

100%

90%

-

    Biology

95%

95%

95%

95%

94%

    Teach English as Second Language

92%

91%

91%

87%

96%

    French

96%

97%

84%

94%

94%

    Italian

85%

-

100%

100%

-

    Chemistry

86%

88%

90%

100%

94%

    Math

91%

95%

92%

88%

91%

    Health Education

98%

100%

93%

94%

89%

    Visual Arts

95%

95%

93%

94%

88%

    Social Studies

88%

88%

87%

90%

88%

    English

92%

92%

91%

90%

87%

    Business and Marketing

87%

84%

81%

93%

86%

    Music

88%

91%

91%

90%

85%

    Multi-Subject

88%

88%

86%

87%

85%

    Physical Education  

87%

89%

81%

94%

82%

    Earth Science

93%

84%

89%

86%

82%

    Theatre

100%

94%

94%

83%

-

    Library Media Specialist

88%

86%

93%

80%

-

    Physics

81%

91%

79%

-

79%

    Technology Education

95%

96%

84%

79%

93%

    Students with Disabilities

83%

81%

78%

83%

84%

    Dance

-

-

60%

58%

-

 Note*: Only tests with at least 10 test takers are included in the analysis.